A week after releasing the official Android KitKat update to Galaxy Note 3 in a couple of regions in Europe, Samsung has rolled out the new software to Asian countries including India.
Samsung community blog SamMobile has confirmed that Galaxy Note 3 users in India, South Korea and Switzerland have begun receiving the new KitKat OS. It is about 380 MB in size and is available through OTA (Over-The-Air) and Samsung Kies (for manual downloading via PC).
To check for OTA update on your phone go to:
Settings >> More >> About Device >> Software Update >> update
A Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) owner in India, Lalith Bhaskar, has posted a screen shot of software details revealing the build number (KOT49H.N900XXUDNA6). [To view the snapshots, click here].
The new update, as reported earlier, will bring in performance enhancements, white background for notification bar, default setting for messaging, Emoji icons, improved keypad layout and a new Quickoffice word document app. Users can access the shortcuts for camera and music album on the lock screen.
Brief description of key features of Android v4.4 KitKat OS update:
Improved Caller-ID: If a caller receives a call from unknown number, the phone will look for matches on the net with local listings via Google Maps.
Priority Contacts: The new OS empowers the phone to automatically prioritise the contact list for easy access, based on the contact numbers in use.
Immersive display: To enhancethe entertainment factor, the new OS comes with the immersive mode, where the status bar and navigation buttons disappear into the back ground while one plays music, games or read e-books. Users can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring backtheutility buttons.
Enhanced Message grouping: Google has brought in some improvements to the new Hangouts app. Users can find all their text SMSs and MMSs, audio and video call details at one place. He/She can also share location and send animated GIFs.
Emoji Characters: Initially, users had to install third party apps to use colorful characters in their SMS. With the KitKat update, the keypad comes pre-loaded with native Japanese Emoji emotion icons.
NFC and Wireless Printing: Google's new OS comes with a new Quickoffice app wherein users can create and store word documents in cloud storage as well as print files wirelessly on NFC-enabled HP printers.
Multi-tasking: With an efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening several applications.
Performance: With low system requirements, the new KitKat OS is expected to bring in performance enhancements and also boost battery life.